The Associated Press
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) -- The family of a slain mother and daughter
praised police and other law enforcement officials on Monday for the
arrest of a Lowell man for the murders.
Michael Bizanowicz, 41, a registered sex offender in Lowell, was
charged Friday with the slayings of Joanne Presti and her 12-year-old
"We always had confidence that your attention to detail would lead to
the apprehension of this criminal," the Presti family said in a
statement issued Monday. "We are pleased that he is off the streets
and we know that justice will prevail."
Bizanowicz allegedly sexually assaulted Presti, 34, before killing
her and her daughter, 12-year-old Alyssa Presti, at their Woburn
apartment. Investigators said Bizanowicz knew Joanne and Alyssa
Presti through a mutual acquaintance, and had been to their home
Presti and her daughter were found dead Jan. 7. Presti's 2
1/2-year-old son, Sean, was found in a crib in the apartment unharmed.
An autopsy determined that Joanne Presti was killed by blunt force
trauma to her head and several stab wounds, while her daughter was
stabbed in the neck.
Bizanowicz was arrested after seminal fluid taken from Joanne
Presti's body matched with his DNA on the state's criminal offender
database, Middlesex District Attorney officials said.
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"Our family has faith in God that Joanne and Alyssa are in a better
place and they are at peace knowing they will always be loved and
cherished," the family said. "The laughter and joy they brought to
our family will be missed and can never be replaced."